Mum and 16-year-old daughter killed in horror crash while on the school run

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Khiana van der Avoird, 16, and mother Emma, 55, died after a car crash involving a car, van and lorry. (Bedfordshire Police)
Khiana van der Avoird, 16, and mother Emma, 55, died after a car crash involving a car, van and lorry. (Bedfordshire Police)

The family of a "devoted mother" and her "beautiful and talented girl" killed in a horror crash on the way to school have paid tribute to them. 

Emma van der Avoird, 55, and her daughter Khiana van der Avoird, 16, died when a van, car and HGV lorry were involved in a crash on the A421 in Bedfordshire just before 8am on Monday (1 November).

The mother and daughter, who are from Little Paxton in Cambridgeshire, were pronounced dead at the scene on the westbound carriageway between the Black Cat roundabout and the A428.

In a statement issued through Bedfordshire Police, their family said they were on their way to school when the crash happened.

The crash happened on the A421 near the Black Cat Roundabout near St Neots, Cambridgeshire. (Google Maps)
The crash happened on the A421 near the Black Cat Roundabout near St Neots, Cambridgeshire. (Google Maps)

It said: "Our family is overcome with sadness and grief at Emma and Khiana’s death in such tragic circumstances.

"They were both vibrant, strong and forthright people. Emma was on her way to take Khiana to Bedford Modern School, where she was a bright and popular student.

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"Emma and Khiana were as close as any mother and daughter could be. Emma was a devoted mother who had poured her heart and soul into caring for Khiana since the sudden death of their husband and father Ed 10 years ago.

"Khiana was at the start of her life and was a beautiful and talented girl."

They added: "We are devastated that they have been wrenched from us when both of them still had so much living to do.

"We will all miss Emma and Khiana dearly but take some comfort in the fact they have been reunited as a family."

A man in his 20s from St Neots, Cambridgeshire, who was arrested in connection with the incident has since been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.

Bedfordshire Police have asked anyone with information or dashcam footage to get in touch.

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